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Student Shows 2014: University of Kent

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Guy Hollaway reviews the Kent School of Architecture’s end-of-year show

KSA continues to be grounded in the region, while extending the school’s engagement internationally. There is a notable energy towards drawing and physical model-making without sacrificing a commitment to the digital environment.

MArch came through with an impressively high standard of work. The course seems to ask questions of the students, and the students are answering with a fully integrated approach of theoretical design, technology, social and political considerations.

This was translated by the way that the students chose to display their work randomly, so each project was spread as individual pieces throughout the exhibition.

Standout units & students  

Jennifer Bull’s Winchelsea Wine Victualing Commission project in MArch Unit 1 stands out for its incredible perceptiveness and its subtle insertion of victualing rooms above the ruins of medieval cellars. Unit 4 student Peter Evans’ Instances of Sonority – a Parametric architecture of sound that resonates visually – particularly stands out among incredibly strong work in their units, but each for different reasons.

Both degree and MArch displayed a remarkable range of physical models, though the majority of undergraduate design was displayed digitally in the school’s new Digital Crit Space. Natasha Ho’s work has been a great advertisement for the best qualities of KSA – innovative, witty, painstaking and grounded, but above all, intelligent. The artefact she made in association with her dissertation is an exquisitely conceived and crafted maquette for a memorial to unsung British soldiers. Another strong student was Anna Malika, who has a sensitivity to her work illustrated beautifully in a long sectional perspective. 

I came away from the show feeling that this a school of architecture in which the quality of work is improving, uncompromised by the increased volume of students on the course.

  • Guy Hollaway, principal partner, Guy Hollaway Architects
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